Veteran actress, Joke Silva, penned an emotional note to herself as she is celebrating four decades in the Nigerian film industry as well as her 60th birthday on Wednesday. She took to her verified Instagram page to recount her past experiences and people she had lost in the last ten years. “Numbers are very important to me, so this year as I turn 60, I also mark 40 years in the industry I love.” “Ten years ago today on my 50th birthday, we had our renewal of vows in Freedom Park on Lagos Island,” the actress wrote. “Pastor Tony Rapu remarried us. Sir J and I. Six pastors were also part of the team that officiated. In the congregation was my Mum Dr (Mrs) Abimbola Silva. She had taken wine and white Ankara as aso ebi for the family. “My aunties Mrs. Gbemi Rosiji, Aunty Olga Miller, Aunty Fracesca Emmanuel were all there. All of them are in their 80s. All of them are now on the other side of eternity. My almost twin sister Bisi was also there.
“She too is on the other side of eternity. With my Dad and my late daughter. I believe that’s what happens the older we get…the more milestones we hit. Memories of those we have loved and lost.
“However, being on this side of eternity is so good too. Challenging …definitely especially the last 5 years.
“Wawoo. A massive thank you to my sons Soji @mrjacobs_jnr and Gbenga @oj_poetry, my daughter Blessing @_blessing_douglas and granddaughter Dayo @atarahbaby for making these years bearable.
“Now the big 60 is here and I thank God for His oh so massive mercies. Yes, that’s it. Gratitude for health, for love of family and friends. Thank you, Lord.”
The multiple award-winning actress has featured in over 100 productions since her career kicked off from the stage. Silva landed her breakthrough role starring alongside Colin Firth and Nia Long in the British-Canadian film 'The Secret Laughter of Women.'
Other Nollywood stars including, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Kate Henshaw, and others celebrated their colleague Silva.